30 Glorious Food and Dining Hacks from Reddit’s LifeProTips Thread

Whether you’re regular Redditor, a casual lurker, or have never visited the site before, you probably know that all internet gems can often be traced back to the site. People from all over the world come together to discuss everything from cooking to world events to mildly interesting things. As one of our favorite resources for life in general, the LifeProTips subreddit will either have you feeling like a sheer genius or a total dope for not figuring out these little hacks sooner.

Without further ado, here are the hacks we learned from LPT that we now swear by. Join us.

1. The relationship-saver

LPT: If your SO can’t make a decision about where to eat, play the 5-2-1 game. You give them 5 restaurants, they pick two, and you pick from those. from LifeProTips

2. The kind gesture

LPT: Let someone know you’re picking up the tab for a meal AFTER they’ve ordered. This allows a considerate friend to order what s/he wants freely and also prevents a colleague/acquaintance from taking advantage of your generosity. from LifeProTips

3. The vacuum seal, without the vacuum sealer

LPT: If you want to “vacuum seal” food, put it in a ziplock bag and submerge it in a bowl of water with the bag open above the water. The water will push the air out of the bag, and you can close it without any left inside. from LifeProTips

4. Freezer tests 101

LPT: Evacuating and worried if your freezer kept your food safe? Put an ice cube in a ziploc bag and keep it in the freezer. If the ice melts and refreezes it will be misshapen indicating a thawing. from LifeProTips

5. An ode to the potato

LPT: Potatoes are cheaper than Ramen, have more nutritional value, and will keep you full longer from LifeProTips

6. Food label confusions

LPT: Learn to look at food products labeling carefully. “Made with 100%…” is very different to “made from 100%…” from LifeProTips

7. Your money’s worth of greens

LPT: Learn to look at food products labeling carefully. “Made with 100%…” is very different to “made from 100%…” from LifeProTips

8. A better frozen pizza

LPT: For better baked frozen pizza, ignore the instructions on the box. Fully thaw the pizza the bake it for 5-8 minutes on the hottest temperature your oven will go. from LifeProTips

9. No crying over (sour) milk

LPT: If your milk smells sour, pour a little into a cup/glass and smell it again, often it is the residue in the neck/opening that is sour and not the milk inside. from LifeProTips

10. The 7-year transition

LPT: Try foods that you hated as a kid, your taste buds change every 7 years and you’re very likely to enjoy most of the foods you disliked. from LifeProTips

11. The microwave hack

LPT: Enjoy tastier frozen microwaved foods by using your microwave’s power settings. Double the time and halve the power and you’ll notice a delightful difference in taste and texture. from LifeProTips

12. The quick water bottle fix

LPT: Stinky water bottle/Nalgene? Use hot water and baking soda to get rid of the funk smell from LifeProTips

13. For better burgers, no matter what

LPT: When eating a burger, to prevent it from falling apart, hold it upside down. The bun on top is more sturdy and the burger becomes easier to eat. from LifeProTips

14. Perfectly ripe pineapples a pick away

LPT: Test if a pineapple is ripe by pulling out a center leaf; If it comes out easy, its ready. from LifeProTips

15. Defeat dining anxiety

LPT: If someone is buying you a meal but you don’t know what price-range to order in, ask them what they recommend. from LifeProTips

16. Salt me sideways

LPT: If a recipe calls for kosher salt, but you’re using regular salt, use a little less. from LifeProTips

17. Bulk freezing, made easier

LPT: When dividing up ground beef in Ziploc bags, flatten it out before freezing it. It’ll thaw faster when you need it. from LifeProTips

18. Natural peanut butter separation

LPT: Leave “natural” peanut butter jars upside down overnight before stirring them up. The oil will rise to the bottom of the jar making the stirring process much cleaner, easier, and more efficient. from LifeProTips

19. Orange you glad we included this one?

LPT: Chill/Nearly Freeze an Orange to Make Peeling Easier and Eliminate Nearly All the Pith. from LifeProTips

20. Start ’em young

LPT: Buy raw ingredients instead of processed foods when you have kids to passively teach them cooking. from LifeProTips

21. Mindfulness is free, wasted food is not.

LPT: Clean out your fridge before you go to the grocery store to become more mindful of wasteful purchases. from LifeProTips

22. The only watermelon hack you will ever, ever need

LPT: If you want to cut watermelon in half and don’t have a knife, use a (cleaned) quarter to make a incision 1/2 a quarter thick around the entire watermelon and karate chop it; it cuts it in half with no splatter or mess. Seriously. from LifeProTips

23. Lettuce ask you this

LPT: If your lettuce has wilted, don’t throw it away. Submerge it in water and leave in the fridge overnight, it will get crispy again. from LifeProTips

24. Treat yo’ self

LPT: Before you throw out a chocolate syrup bottle, fill it with milk and shake it up to give yourself a nice treat from LifeProTips

25. Hear that? That’s the sound of life being changed

LPT: Use easy hold chopsticks to eat greasy snacks like chips, while at the computer. from LifeProTips

26. Coffee connoisseur

LPT: Use a cocktail shaker for your iced coffee/espresso drinks for an amazingly frothy, ice cold drink that doesn’t water down over time from LifeProTips

27. Preserve the cheese, preserve your happiness

LPT: Don’t store block cheese in plastic. Use wax paper then put the wrapped block in a loosely rolled, unsealed storage bag in your refrigerator. from LifeProTips

28. Hack your way to the best ice cream in the case

Buying Ice Cream at the grocery store? Press on the top of the container, if it’s solid it has been properly stored and shipped, if it depresses might have partially thawed and been refrozen. from LifeProTips

29. Another frozen lifesaver

LPT: If you are buying frozen foods, don’t buy the ones that seem like the product is stuck together. This means it has, at some point, been partially defrosted and then refrozen. from LifeProTips

30. For the squirrel enthusiasts among us

Redneck LPT: Don’t eat or let your animals eat squirrels in residential areas, a lot of roofs have lead on them and squirrels like to eat lead. from LifeProTips